A Homeless Heart, Four Walls & a Roof
A Homeless Heart
It's the rose with creased petals
as crepe-thin as skin on a wrist
haunted by a half-moon scar,
that murmurs with a scent not to be
ignored. Even if obscure or bejeweled
by a thick thicket of thorns, such a rose
intimates itself with every person
willing to pause in the passing—
even for just a moment— long enough
to linger in the headiness of a
soul drenched in suffering.
The fragrance rises like a crescent
cloud covering Mount Hood;
an overlay of macramé forming
a garden landscape under gallery
glass. Pressed, as it were, to capture
what cannot be completely preserved
in the haloing of a homeless heart.
Sarah E N Kohrs (she/her) is an artist and writer, with over 100 journal publications of her poetry and photography. She is the 2022 Kingdoms in the Wild poetry award recipient for her chapbook, Chameleon Sky. Sarah has a teaching license, endorsed in Latin and Visual Arts, and homeschools, as well as works in her pottery studio, creating clay art to savor. SENK lives in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, kindling hope amidst asperity. http://senkohrs.com.